The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has confirmed that it will partner with blueseventy for several stops on the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series. This latest deal follows blueseventy’s partnership last year with the 2013 PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final London event.blueseventy will become the official swim and wetsuit partner for three of the eight WTS events in 2014 beginning with the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town this weekend. The global wetsuit company will also have a presence at the PruHealth World Triathlon London and the TransCanada Corp World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton.“bluseventy was a natural choice for us in terms of sponsorship, as they are already so engrained in the triathlon community,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “blueseventy understands our sport and the need for top gear in order to produce maximum results.”blueseventy CEO, Tim Moxey, said of the partnership, “With our goal of creating and refining products that empower swimmers to achieve their personal bests, working with the ITU World Triathlon Series allows us to interact with a broad skill range, from pro triathletes to those just starting out. One of the many benefits of this partnership for us is to have another avenue of feedback that will help us create the best products on the market.”Now in its sixth season of competition, the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series will feature three new stops that promise to make this year one of the most exciting to date. This weekend, the WTS will touch down in Africa for the first time ever with the highly anticipated launch of Cape Town on the schedule, while Chicago and Edmonton will also debut as WTS races.The series is positioned as the pinnacle circuit in the sport of triathlon and is a leading platform to promote an active lifestyle. All eight events are available live on TV to an international audience, as well as streamed online.Lagardère Unlimited Events, the marketing agency of the ITU World Triathlon Series, brokered the partnership. Tim Stemp, Chief Commercial Officer of the WTS said, “The global growth of both the sport and the series has created a varied and enthusiastic participant base. blueseventy creates excellent products and provides expertise to our audiences to meet their sporting aspirations. We look forward to working together on a global scale.”wts.triathlon.orgwww.blueseventy.com Related
The 6.4 acres is a vacant parcel along the railroad tracks in Merriam.In addition to the purchase of the Entercom property in Westwood as a possible future school site, the Shawnee Mission School Board this week also approved buying 6.4 acres of land in Merriam for just over $1.5 million.Register to continue
Shawnee has approved the final site plan and final plat for the first phase of construction for Maranatha Christian Academy’s new K-12 campus near K-7 Highway. Meanwhile, the private school is on track to begin building in spring 2021.The Shawnee Planning Commission on Nov. 2 voted 10-0 to approve the final site plan and final plat for the first phase of construction. Commissioner Steven Wise was absent.Plans call for a new 130,000-square-foot private school on 27 acres on the northeast corner of 71st and Silverheel streets. The site was previously slated to become a commercial business park, but those plans fell through. Neighboring residents opposed the project, citing concerns with traffic congestion during the start and end of the school day as well as light and noise pollution from the school’s sports stadium.The school reported to city staff about a meeting with neighbors in early October. During that meeting, discussions mostly centered around coordination of street improvements on Monticello Road just east of the project site.Janet Fogh, head of school, said they expect to have land disturbance and building permits issued by the city in January 2021, after which they plan to break ground in the spring.Janet Fogh, head of school, reviewed the plans before a Shawnee Planning Commission meeting in July. File photo.“The future of Maranatha Christian Academy is bright,” Fogh said. “We are encouraged by the many, extraordinary ways, we are seeing God’s provision for our new land and campus. Our families are embracing the vision and eager to see the next steps.”Fogh said they plan to open the doors on the new campus for classes in August 2022.Meanwhile, the school plans to kick off its capital campaign to cover costs for the $25 million project. The school’s building committee also plans to meet with the neighbors when they’re ready to begin construction.In its report, city staff noted multiple updates pertaining to the special use permit for the sports stadium. These include:Parking for the proposed stadium to allow 418 spaces with room to expand with 144 additional spacesLighting and sound speaker options are still under consideration and will go through the approvals process when the school seeks a building permitThe hours of operation for the stadium are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
I watched the Super Bowl with a certain amount of joy. I was happy for my sister-in-law who lives in Seattle and is a big Seahawks fan. I was also happy because, as my loyal readers know, I am a Cleveland sports fan. A major Cleveland sports franchise has not won a title since 1964. That’s a long time ago. I’ve got this theory that once every other team in pro sports wins a title perhaps the sports god’s will smile upon my futile hometown teams.Anyway, I think there’s some lessons to be taken from the Seahawks domination of the Broncos…..So let’s see….here’s what I saw.I saw a team that was really prepared. The Seahawks seemed ready from the first snap. Are we ready ever day to be memberlicious and help our members with home ownership?I saw a team that hit hard. Every time a Bronco receiver caught a ball they got crushed. Are we hitting hard every time? Or do we sometimes go soft with our mortgage efforts?I saw a team that was relentless and never let up. Even when they were still up by a bunch of points after Denver’s one and only touchdown, they went down the field like it was a game winning drive. Do we follow up appropriately with members who get a pre-approval from us to make sure they close on their loan? Or do we let up and let the deal get away? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Gophers play fast in Pitino’s unofficial coaching debutMinnesota looked impressive in the first half, but fell off after halftime.Lisa PerssonMinnesota guard DeAndre Mathieu looks for an open pass during the home game against Cardinal Stritch University on Friday. Jace FrederickNovember 4, 2013Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers’ offense was fast, fluid and efficient in the first half of their season-opening 79-57 exhibition win over Cardinal Stritch on Friday night.Minnesota’s defense forced numerous turnovers that led to easy buckets in head coach Richard Pitino’s unofficial debut.The Gophers dominated the first half but were outscored 38-33 after the break.Minnesota battles Concordia-St. Paul in its final exhibition Monday night and faces Lehigh in its true season opener on Friday.“We’ve got a lot of things to work on,” senior guard Austin Hollins said after Friday’s win. “I think we did a good job tonight, but we’re going to keep on improving.”The Gophers’ fast start was sparked by a relentless full-court press. They forced 17 turnovers on the night.“I liked our press early better than late,” Pitino said. “I thought we did some good things on defense, [and] 11 steals is pretty good.”Sophomore forward Joey King was a key cog in the Gophers’ press and used his length to make it tough for opposing guards to find open passing lanes.That defense sparked various chances in transition, including a ferocious one-handed slam from Hollins early in the first half. He added a second impressive flush in the half court in the second half and led the team with 17 points.“I just try to bring energy,” he said after the game.Minnesota also took care of the ball Friday, something it struggled to do last season. Pitino said the Gophers’ 23 assists, compared to just seven turnovers, was a positive.Junior guard DeAndre Mathieu was efficient leading the break. He finished with seven points and nine assists and didn’t turn the ball over in 21 minutes.“He’s an extremely fast guard, and he fits the way that we want to play,” Pitino said.The Gophers’ intensity dipped in the final 20 minutes, but junior guard Andre Hollins said he didn’t think fatigue was a factor. No Gophers player played more than 24 minutes Friday.“We’ve got to keep our focus and intensity up the entire game,” Andre Hollins said. “We want to be one of the hardest-working teams in America.”That drop in intensity showed as Minnesota was outrebounded 40-34.“We’ve got to work on that,” redshirt junior center Elliott Eliason said. “We need to be a better rebounding team if we’re going to compete.”The Gophers also shot a meager 11-for-30 from the free throw line, but Pitino wasn’t concerned with the struggles from the charity stripe.“We’re a good free-throw shooting team,” he said. “We’re a good shooting team. That’s why you play these exhibition games — to get the nerves out. That’s probably one of the least of my concerns, to be honest.”Halvorsen returns to the BarnConcordia-St. Paul senior forward Chris Halvorsen will return to a familiar stomping ground Monday when his Golden Bears visit the Barn.Halvorsen served as a Gophers walk-on during the past two seasons, playing in 16 games for Minnesota.“It’s going to be interesting going up against those guys,” he said. “It’ll be kind of like going up against your brothers in the backyard.”Halvorsen will likely be matched up against his former roommate Oto Osenieks in the post.Halvorsen said he’s still close with some of the Gophers players, and he said there’s been some playful banter in the weeks leading up to the team.Halvorsen graduated from Minnesota with a biomedical engineering degree and is starting his MBA at Concordia. He said his decision to transfer to Concordia in the offseason was based on playing time.“I wanted to get a little bit more of a chance to play,” he said. “I never really got the chance [with the Gophers]. I felt like I wanted to play one more year.”
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Trimergo, developer of an ERP software for project-driven companies, will organize a seminar with Bodewes Shipyards for project-based companies in the offshore and maritime industries that are looking for a company-wide ERP solution. The seminar will be held in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands on March 27th.Why are project-based manufacturers different?“Because the demands of the customer have a strong influence on the design and production process, materials are ordered specifically for a project – they’re not in stock – and the planning of production capacity is quirky and complex. Because each project is different, the project margin and delivery time often have to be compromised,” Trimergo said.Bodewes Shipyards itself is a project-based company too. The focus of the company managed by Thecla Bodewes, businesswoman of the year 2011, is on new construction, repair and maintenance of inland vessels . These projects are managed by the ERP software Trimergo T2. Project margins and details are sharply monitored during the projectcycle .Speaker Ronald Frijling , Financial Director Bodewes Shipyards: “Reliable information from our ERP information system helps usto obtain financing for our projects at the bank easier; like this we build trust.”During the seminar, the Trimergo software will be demonstrated, and Ronald Frijling Bodewes will share his experience with the software.[mappress]Trimergo, March 3, 2014
Birkenhead-based shipyard and engineering services company Cammell Laird is to ramp up its operations in the energy sector with the appointment of a new managing director.Jonathan Brown has joined the energy division of Cammell Laird from Rolls Royce where he led its nuclear new build and projects group. Brown has previously worked for BNFL, Serco and AWE.Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret CBE said Brown would be charged with expanding the company’s drive to grow across nuclear, renewables and the oil and gas markets.“Cammell Laird has a long-term plan to diversify into the energy markets and we are pleased that Jonathan has joined us to help spearhead our operations,” Syvret said.“Our aim is to become one of the prime contractors in Britain serving the energy industry.”Renewable energy work has accounted for up to 10-15 per cent of Cammell Laird’s total revenues in recent years.Cammell Laird signed a deal in 2011 to support RWE, the German energy company that is developing the Gwynt y Mor wind farm about 18km off the north Wales coast. The farm is one of the largest in the UK, with 160 turbines and a capacity of 576 megawatts.Much of the equipment, including the turbines, has to be shipped over from European countries such as Denmark. Cammell Laird, which has the largest docks on the UK mainland’s west coast, has been used as the base port for the operation.
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KAREN WATKINSA local faith-based organisation has raised concern about plans to mine for uranium in the Karoo Basin. They say shallow mining of uranium would create huge clouds of radioactive dust that could travel beyond the Karoo. Constantia activist Marilyn Lilley says we are dealing here with people’s rights to a healthy environment, clean water and air and compliance with our constitution to protect our environment.Australian mining company Peninsula Energy, through its BEE partners, Lukisa JV and Mmakau Mining with Tasman Pacific Minerals, have applied for mining rights for uranium and molybdenum in the Karoo area. Uranium is silvery-white and is used in nuclear reactors and molybdenum is a silver-gray metal used primarily for strengthening of steel alloy production. Dr Rudy Boer of Ferret Mining, the consultancy doing the environmental impact assessment (EIA) and environmental management plan (EMP), says accidental contamination of water systems with potentially radioactive material is possible.The EIA report and EMP document submitted to the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on January 25 this year states that the risk of uranium contamination is high.Muna Lakhani of anti-nuclear lobby group EarthLife Africa in Wynberg, says Earthlife Africa Namibia has found that uranium mining there leads to radioactive dust being spread around. “This means that air, water and land are polluted, and as radiation accumulates in humans, animals and plants, the harm is long-term and multi-generational. Also, because it affects things like DNA, future generations may be born with health problems they would not have otherwise had. Also, it’s pretty impossible to rehabilitate the land back to where it was,” said Mr Lakhani.He added that tourism, community life and farming will also be impacted due to the dust, pollution, radiation and the impact on groundwater.There are several methods of mining uranium, the main ones being pit mining, box mining and in-situ leaching. Tim van Stormbroek of Ferret Mining says company documents and the mining rights application to the DMR speak of open-pit mining, to be followed by underground mining. The use of in-situ leaching is ruled out here.Hydrogeologist Dr Stefan Cramer, who is advising the Westlake-based Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI), says the standard method to suppress the dust is to spray water, this would draw on scarce water resources and require millions of litres each year. It would also contaminate groundwater.“Water is essential for life. We can’t live without it,” says SAFCEI’s Bishop Geoff Davies. He added that uranium mining will pollute and destroy our water systems, our soil and air and the health and peace of the Karoo and further afield.However, Mr Stormbroek said Tasman RSA Mine will tap into a different aquifer from the one that Beaufort West gets its water from. He said the quantity of water in this aquifer far exceeds that needed for mining uranium and this estimate does not take into account water-recycling steps. “And with today’s mining technology, which is far more advanced than in the past, up to 90 percent is recoverable.”According to Peninsula Energy’s website, they started drilling along the Ryst Kuil channel in February 2013. They state that this returned encouraging initial results. Now they wish to set up a central processing plant and a tailings dam. The Ryst Kuil area is about 32 000 hectares and is about 40km south-east of Beaufort West. Peninsula Energy’s CEO Gus Simpson said this central processing plant would initially require between 0.7 and 1.3 million cubic metres a year, but when it is in operation, they expect up to 90 percent of the required water will be processed in the recycling plant.Dr Cramer says the controversial shale gas mining (fracking) is still about 10 years away because the exploration phase has not even started, but uranium mining will begin almost immediately because the exploration phase has been finalised.Mr Simpson said if the mining rights are approved, the earliest date for construction of the mine would be in 2018 and followed by production in 2019 or 2020.Bishop Davies believes thousands of people will be impoverished by uranium mining while a minority will make a lot of money. Asked what they plan to do with the mined uranium Mr Simpson said South Africa does not currently have enrichment capacity so any uranium oxide produced from the Karoo projects would have to be exported for enrichment. He said the uranium ore will be crushed and converted into uranium oxide, “yellow cake” onsite. The yellow cake will then be transported by rail from Beaufort West to Cape Town before being exported to utilities in Western Europe and America.According to its website, Peninsula Energy “has 74 percent interest in 42 prospecting rights of the main uranium-molybdenum bearing sandstone channel in the Karoo Basin, covering 7 800km². The residual 26 percent interest is held by BEE partners as required by South African law’’.In 2012, worldwide production of uranium amounted to 58 394 tons. South Africa is said to have six percent of global identified resources of uranium, or 970 000 tons, the seventh highest share in the world. Kazakhstan, Canada, and Australia are the top three producers accounting for 64 percent of world uranium production.Mr Simpson said drilling was done historically by Esso Minerals in the late 1970s and more recent drilling was done since 2007 to re-evaluate these historic mineralisation areas.Bishop Davies says the Karoo could be a treasure trove of renewable energy. “The sun provides us with six to ten thousand times more energy than we need. All we need to do is catch the sun in the day and the wind at night and there is no fuel cost involved,” he says. “So why risk the pollution and destruction of hydraulic fracking and uranium mining when we have an abundance of these safer, healthier, better and cheaper resources?”Ms Lilley believes uranium mining, as well as fracking, spells disaster for the Karoo. “It will turn the affected areas into an industrial wasteland and the toxic and radioactive nature of both uranium mining and fracking will have serious health impacts on affected communities and the environment,” she says. She adds that the severe on going drought must be taken into account in assessing the licence applications. “In the water scarce areas where several communities are without water and where many wells in the Karoo have already run dry,” says Ms Lilley.* Tuesday March 15 was the deadline for objections to the environmental impact assessment public consultation process. But Dr Cramer says people can still make objections, but they will not officially become part of the application for mining rights. These can be sent to Ferret Mining and Environmental, at email@example.com* The Bulletin, Athlone News’ sister paper asked Beaufort West mayor Edward Njadu to comment, but by the time this edition went to print, he had not yet responded.* Additional information sourced from http://www.protestbarrick.net/article.php?id=572 and http://olca.cl/oca/tanzania /tanzania007.htm